Arid Mesa


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Rare
Zendikar Expeditions (EXP) Mythic Rare
Zendikar (ZEN) Rare

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Arid Mesa


, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Arid Mesa: Search your library for a Mountain or Plains card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

Arid Mesa Discussion

generalrenard on

1 week ago

Yeah, backing up an heckproof's comment, you should include a playset of Arid Mesa and take out 4 Mountain s. You also could take out 3 additional Mountain s to finish a playset of Searing Blaze and add a Grim Lavamancer , but that's optional. 18 lands is generally the right amount for a burn deck, any more will decrease consistency.

LordBlackblade on Daddy Markov's Vampires

1 week ago

So as a disclaimer, I'll be using my experiences with my deck, March of the Dusk Legion, as a point of reference for my recommendations.

Mana-Base Tuning Show

So one thing I noticed is that your list is a bit unfocused in terms of strategy. What do you want to accomplish with your deck? Is it a token deck? +1/+1 counters? Aristocrats? You have cards that support all of these strategies but not enough of any one to reach critical mass.

Start with the mana-base changes and decide what you want the deck to accomplish and we can go from there!

heckproof on

1 week ago

Idk if this list is budget, but if not, you’re gonna need waaaaay more fetches. I think standard amounts nowadays are 4 Arid Mesa and a split between Bloodstained Mire and Wooded Foothills

StopShot on Tomik's Taxes

2 weeks ago

I forgot to mention Arid Mesa , Flooded Strand , Marsh Flats & Windswept Heath can be pretty useful to include. While at first they may not seem to do much, they make an incredibly strong synergy with Crucible of Worlds as you'll always be guaranteed to hit your next land drop that way by continually being able to pull them out of your graveyard. (Until you run out of basic Snow-Covered Plains of course.) Buying fetch-lands for such a minimal improvement might not be worth it, but if you have spares they really make a good synergy!

Speaking of snow-lands, Sunstone is a really good panic-button if one of your opponent plans to deal lethal out of nowhere. Being able to deny someone a combat step on demand is pretty strong, especially if you have a Crucible of Worlds to fuel it.

jakethewhale007 on Avacyn the Purifier

3 weeks ago

I also swapped in an Arid Mesa in place of a plains. This is to slightly increase the manabase consistency (and can still dodge Ruination by fetching a basic), but its primary purpose is to serve as another tutor for Mistveil Plains if I need it. It is an interesting thought to run all the off-color fetches for plains just to fetch for Mistveil Plains, but this is probably overkill. I won't be doing that, but it is an option

Spirits on Kaalia of the Cruel

3 weeks ago

Hi LordKunai,

Great comments.

You are right, thinking about it, the shock lands entering tapped is a replacement effect, so Angel of Jubilation doesn't care about those.

Arid Mesa and Marsh Flats didn't get reprinted, but there are other cheaper ones like Flooded Strand I bought them when they were $8 now they are going insane again, also Polluted Delta is reprinted, as well as Windswept Heath and Wooded Foothills . Wooded Foothills can only pull Mountain but if you use it to pull a Blood Crypt or Sacred Foundry it's still quite good.

Leyline of the Void price is ridiculous wow.

Rakdos the Defiler can make it so he's not casting Meren of Clan Nel Toth losing half their lands, and other permanents. You can always sacrifice the Rakdos the Defiler to his Plaguecrafter or other crew. It took me a very long time to get him into my deck, I kept holding on to creatures like Aurelia, the Warleader . I think he's very cheap, give him a try. Remember that when he enters the battlefield "tapped and attacking" his "when he attacks" ability doesn't trigger, you just get the benefit of the "when he deals damage". Sometimes, I know it seems crazy, I sac half my permanents and attack, in 1v1, people find it hard dealing with a 7/6 Flying Trample timer when every permanent they play is lost (remember he is a Demon permanent so he doesn't sac himself).

The "cheaper" reprinted fetches, will supercharge a Crucible of Worlds (and Strip Mine ) especially if your lucky enough to own a Wasteland which I am not lol.

Zealous Conscripts is good on his own which makes him nice, my issue with him is the CMC5, its too slow for cEDH usually.

If there isn't much in the way of Instant removal Mark of Fury should work fine, I would get Cartouche of Zeal out though.

Also, Mother of Runes , one of her awesome powers is that I give Kaalia of the Vast protection from the color of the flying blocker that's going to kill her so she can't be blocked, or give her protection before damage to save her, or give her instant protection. Doesn't help with Sacrifice though (except that you can sacrifice the Mother of Runes to protect Kaalia of the Vast .

Overall very cool build, lot's of fun synergies in there.

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Arid Mesa occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.12%

W/U/B (Esper): 0.59%

RGW (Naya): 1.69%

U/B/R (Grixis): 0.46%

RBW (Mardu): 0.87%


All decks: 0.4%


All decks: 0.56%